While thinking about all the darkness in our day I heard the Lord say, “Joel’s army is about to arise.” The Holy Spirit showed me that we won’t just be a generation of zeal for the Lord but we will be a mighty army in God’s Kingdom.
We are being drafted into an End-Time Army! This is God’s answer for a generation in the midst of perversion and wickedness – the Army of God must arise in boldness. The revelation of Joel’s Army comes from the book of Joel. In Joel 2:2-3, we see several prophetic pictures:
One is of darkness that is overcome by an army. This army will walk in such a great measure of power that every revival of the past will seem like nothing but previews.
Secondly, a major characteristic of this army is going to be the fire they carry. In verse 3 the fire that burns in front of them is the Holy Spirit. The flames that follow after them is the trail of impartation that they made. The new testament confirms that God wants to baptize us not only in water but with fire, too. “I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I… He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire” (Matthew 3:11). Many in the Church have experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit but not many have received the impartation of the baptism of fire.
This army will carry fire in their hands and it will spread through impartation like wildfire; with the Holy Spirit leading the charge.
“This mighty army is on the earth now. An army that was actually prophesied about thousands of years ago before Jesus ever stepped on the scene. Jesus Christ walked the earth as the ultimate prototype and model of what everyone in this army would preach and demonstrate.
We are that army. We have sat dormant too long, God is waiting on us to wake up to who we are in our identities. We are the sons of God that earth is waiting on to subdue the darkness… “For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God” (Romans 8:19).
Revelation has been the central theme in every move of the Holy Spirit we have discussed but if you have not come away with anything else from this article I hope you came away with this: Romans 8:19 actually tells us that creation is CRYING out for you and me to come into our identities as the sons of God.
When you come into that revelation you will begin to see this verse fulfilled fully: “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in Me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” (John 14:12).
The Holy Spirit actually showed me that Jesus was prophesying this generation’s destiny. A generation so developed in their identity in God, their strength is as a great army; consuming darkness with the light and fire of the Holy Spirit.
This End-Time army that every fivefold leader is called to raise up was prophesied about again in the writings of late healing evangelist Charles Price in 1916:
“. . . the most prophetical generation, will the Most High raise up who shall deliver His elect by the force of spiritual arms; for which there must be raised certain head powers to bear the first office, who are to be persons in favor with God, whose dread and fear shall fall on all nations, visible and invisible, because of the mighty acting power of the Holy Spirit which shall rest upon them; for Christ shall appear in some chosen vessels to bring into the Promised Land. Thus Moses and Joshua may be considered types of some upon whom the same spirit will fall, yet in greater proportion! Whereby they shall make way for the ransomed of the Lord to return to Mt. Zion.”
Charles Parham also prophesied and said: “At Christ’s Second Coming the Church will be found with the same power that the apostles and the Early Church possessed. The power of Pentecost is manifest in us. The Christian religion must be demonstrated. The world wants to be shown. Then let God’s power be manifest through us.”
God has been preparing us through all these previous moves of God. They all added a piece to the puzzle. What God is doing now is actually setting the stage for this army in ways that radically blow my mind. Through ministries like The Happy Hunters, John Wimber, and in current times, Todd White, God is doing a new thing.
He is calling everyday Christians to walk in an apostolic anointing. He is and has raised up men and women who devote themselves to this. There used to be a time when it was only high-profile evangelists who were praying for the sick. Those days are quickly coming to an end. God has called us to raise up an army that will demonstrate the things we only see on TV in our everyday lives.
As the days grow darker, and hell seems to break-lose all around us there is a Glory that God is releasing upon the earth through an army to challenge the spirit of the Antichrist at work in our nation, and around the world.
But I believe what specifically makes this army special is that the Joel 2 Army will be made up of a substantial number of young people. These college students and young glory carriers are on our campuses. We are about to see revival come to college campuses. God is about to send his fire starters. This prophetic, miracle-working army of young believers will be one that fights on their knees in 24-hour worship and prayer. They will host the presence of God like no generation before and will carry the Holy Spirit and fire.
This is what you are being called into. God is waiting for you to accept and recruit others. Do not let this stop with you. If you are reading this God is recruiting you to stand for Him like never before and to demonstrate His Glory everywhere you go.